About the course
We train teachers who become reflective professionals, able to secure the very best for all children. We support them to be resilient, creative and inclusive. With the highest expectations of learning, progress and development, they inspire young people to become confident, active citizens who are able to cope with the fast-moving demands of the 21st century.
The course offers considerable practical experience which is grounded in rigorous educational research.
The aim of the partnership of the University of Reading and the Wokingham Federation is to train excellent practitioners who have a positive impact on their pupils. This is accompanied by the recognition that excellent teachers continue to develop throughout their careers and never stop learning. Our intention is that you should take ownership of your development during this year of training and establish the habits of reflective practice that will sustain you throughout your career.
Between the campus environment and the diversity embedded within the Federation schools, our trainees develop a strong identity as beginner teachers and educators of the future. Please see School Direct with the University of Reading for more details.
Our commitment to ensuring equal opportunities is evident through our pastoral support which recognises and nurtures the potential in every trainee.
Applicants called to interview will be interviewed at a Federation school on behalf of The Federation.
The interview process, which typically takes about 3 hours, will consist of:
- an introductory meeting
- a written task
- a teaching task with a small group of students
- a formal interview
There may also be additional tasks, for example to meet with a student panel or to observe a lesson and then share observations.
How school placements work
Trainees will work in two of The Federation's nine mainstream secondary schools. Please see http://wokinghamfederation.co.uk/home/schools/for details of the schools.
During the course of the year, all trainees will have experience of teaching all years from Years 7 - 13, including working with both GCSE and A Level groups.
To ensure they are fully supported during the course, trainees have a mentor at their schools and a tutor with the University, both of whom work closely with them throughout the year.
The course fees for 2020/2021 are as follows:
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
With a scholarship or bursary, you'll also get early career payments of £2,000 each in your second, third and fourth years of teaching (£3,000 in some areas of England).
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out about eligibility for bursaries and how you’ll be paid.
You may also be eligible for a loan while you study.
Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent qualifications).
We are looking for applications from people who have the desire, passion and determination to be outstanding teachers. The Wokingham Federation is proud of its schools and they are all keen to work with trainees who would like to be a part of it, at least for a year and possibly for longer.
About the training provider
The Wokingham Secondary Federation is a close partnership of nine secondary schools whose aim is to support collaboration in order to raise the standards of students’ achievement across the borough. High quality ITT provision is an integral part of its work.
Please see The Wokingham Federation to see more details of our schools.
For 2020 - 2021, the Federation is delighted to be able to offer Primary School Direct courses.
The Federation is extremely proud of its work with its ITT trainees, many of whom stay on each year to work as teachers in one of our schools.
Any applicant successfully awarded a place with us will work in two schools both of which are in close proximity of Wokingham, a town which is often named as one of the best places in the country to live.
About the accredited body
The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. It is ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and has been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade.
Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, it has well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area.
Ofsted report that the "effective relationships with partner schools support the development of high quality teaching and trainees that are well-prepared to work in the region's schools.'' (ITE inspection report, September 2016).
Training with disabilities and other needs
Both The Wokingham Federation and its partner providers are committed to equal opportunities.
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The Bulmershe School, Woodlands Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG5 3EU
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